Daily Stuff 8-3-21 Aomori Nebuta

Hi, folks!

The shop is closed on Tuesday/Wednesday. Summer hours are Thurs-Mon. 1-6pm. Featured photo by Josh Orkin .

Overcast and 54F, wind at 0-3mph and gusting, AQI 21-41, UV8. Chance of rain 8% today and 16% tonight. SMALL CRAFT ADVISORY from 3-10pm. There’s a 45% chance of rain from late Thursday night into Friday morning. Other than that, the week should be mostly sunny with highs climbing from 60F today to 67F next Wed./Thurs. 10 firespots. We’re in the smoke plume, now. The Valley monitors are mostly green, except for Medford, but east of the Cascades they’re all yellow and orange.

Fires – New

  • Skyline Ridge Complex Fire – 100 acres
  • Chaos Fire – 420 acres

Fires – Older

  • Bootleg Fire – 84% – 413762 acres
  • Jack Fire – 77% – 23002 acres
  • Rough Patch Complex Fire – 1% – 429.1 acres
  • Middle Fork Complex Fire – 5% – 931.4 acres
  • Gales Fire – 300 acres
  • Bruler Fire – 65% – 195 acres
  • Deep Creek 0685 Rn Fire – 95% – 1250 acres
  • Johnson Ridge 0700 Rn Fire – 95% – 772 acres
  • Cottonwood Creek Fire – 40% – 159 acres
  • Elbow Creek Fire – 95% – 22960 acres
  • Snake River Complex Fire – 90% – 109444 acres

Yesterday went by very quickly. We were pretty busy for the early part. I got to talk to SeaHart Elan. We’re going to start carrying some of her Orb photography. Tempus and I are going to work out where we’re going to put it and then she’ll bring stuff next Monday.

Tempus went out to do the laundry after the rush of people seemed to be past. I was writing and getting more things set out for sale. The ink for the printer finally came in late in the afternoon and I talked with the FedEx driver about just dropping things off instead of having to come back several times to catch us open. He had been here at 9 and at about 11:30…. Why he didn’t just check the hours on the door….

An Iris growing out of driftwood at the State Park Beach – Wishing everyone a nice, peaceful Sunday evening/night! Photo by Johanna Sparrow Used with permission.

Once Tempus was back he took a bit of a rest while I was putting together some of the things to go home. Eventually he took his turn at that and we headed out, stopping at Ray’s to try to get some ground pork. They didn’t have any, so we’ll have to try in the morning, when we can get some ground. The clouds were already going pink in town, although by the time we were home it was very grey out the window. We got rolls and cheese together to make broiled cheese sandwiches and had that with leftovers from yesterday’s stew/soup, which made a filling and tasty supper. We were both pretty hungry. I turned in right away and eventually Tempus followed.

I was back up again around midnight and had a lovely ripe peach for a snack, then sorted a little bit of project stuff. I didn’t get much done, still pretty tired, and I pulled out a book until Tempus was up and ready to head back in. He left here for Newport at about 2:10. I’m going to get this done, work on a little paperwork and then crawl into the nap bed with a book.

Today I’m certain we’re going to sleep in. We have things to gather up this morning to take home, mostly plant things, since I want to get the sale plants ready to roll over our rest days and I have no room to work, here. That’s probably going to get us home later than usual and I’m hoping to make sure that Tempus actually eats before he goes to sleep. I need to sew until I can work in shade outside and then… well, it’s mostly sort and re-plant until I run out of oomph or time. We’ll come back into town after supper, because I have a meeting (online) at 7pm and Tempus has to head out early for the bulk route.

Toys on the porch on a misty morning, Yachats River Road – Photo by Josh Orkin on 7/28/19


Today’s Feast is the Aomori Nebuta, a summer festival in Japan. It stems from events in the 800’s CE, but no one is certain which event/s it celebrates, anymore, but what-the-hey, any excuse for a party, eh? It’s a huge tourist attraction with several processions/parades of lighted floats and costumed dancers. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aomori_Nebuta

plant Vanilla leaf Achlys_triphylla_1033

Today’s Plant is Vanilla Leaf or Sweet-After-Death, Achlys triphylla, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achlys_%28plant%29. It grows all up and down the West Coast of North America and there’s another species in Japan. It was used as an insect repellent by the local peoples and has a strong vanilla scent if dried properly. It is used in Crossing the Bridge rituals along with rosemary and often placed in the hands of those who are Crossing or have just Crossed or in spells to ease their way.

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Love & Light,


Today’s Astro & Calendar

Moon in Gemini

Waning Moon Magick – From the Full Moon to the New is a time for study, meditation, and magic designed to banish harmful energies and habits, for ridding oneself of addictions, illness or negativity. Remember: what goes up must come down. Phase ends at the Tide Change on 8/8 at 6:50am. Waning Crescent Moon –Best time for beginning introspective magicks that are more long term (full year cycle) A good time for beginning knot magicks to “bind up” addictions and illness (finish just before the Tide Change of Dark to New) and “tying up loose ends” God/dess aspects – Demeter weeping for her Daughter, Mabon, Arachne Tyr. Phase ends on 8/3 at 6:50pm. Hecate’s Brooch – 3-5 days before New Moon – Best time for Releasing Rituals. It’s the last few days before the new moon, the time of Hecate’s Brooch. This is the time that if you’re going to throw something out, or sweep the floors, or take stuff to Good Will, do it! Rid yourself of negativity and work on the letting go process. Release the old, removing unwanted negative energies, addictions, or illness. Do physical and psychic cleansings. Good for wisdom & psychic ability. Goddess Aspect: Crone – Associated God/desses: Callieach, Banshee, Hecate, Baba Yaga, Ereshkigal, Thoth. Phase ends at the Dark on 8/6 at 6:50pm.

Most of the stars of Gemini have faded into the growing light of day by the time sunrise is only 45 minutes away. You’ll do better to look earlier when the constellation is lower. If you do get outdoors on the late side, binoculars will help, and the waning Moon provides a reference. (The Moon positions here are, as always, exact for an observer in the middle of North America.)

Sagittarius above a Cape Cod beach house – The famous Teapot asterism in Sagittarius stands out to the upper right of this vacation home, while the central regions of the Milky Way arc through the top of the image. – John Chumack

Sitting in the south this evening is an asterism, or unofficial grouping of stars, that’s easy to recognize. The Teapot in Sagittarius is formed by eight stars: Zeta (ζ), Tau (τ), Sigma (σ), Phi (ϕ), Lambda (λ), Delta (δ), Gamma (γ), and Epsilon (ϵ) Sagittarii. As its name implies, this asterism looks like a teapot with its handle to the east and its spout to the west. It’s sitting upright as it rises and will tip toward its spout overnight, setting with its handle up and its spout disappearing first. At the top of the triangular lid is Lambda, while Gamma forms the tip of its spout. Sigma, which joins the top of the handle with the Teapot’s body, is also known as Nunki. It is the constellation’s second-brightest star; Epsilon, at the lower right-hand corner of the Teapot’s body and also called Kaus Australis, is Sagittarius’ brightest star.

Astrology Alphabet: HEBE, asteroid #6. Hieroglyphics character sign (single symbol).

Hunting Hebe. The asteroid 6 Hebe is a little past opposition, a pinpoint of about magnitude 8.4 north of the Sagittarius Teaspoon. A pair of 10×50 or larger binoculars, used with care and precision under a dark sky, may be enough for you to pick it out using the finder chart in the July Sky & Telescope, page 50. (The chart there shows Hebe’s position for 0:00 UT on the dates indicated, which falls on the evening of the previous date for North America.)

Mars is hidden deep in the sunset.

Runic half-month of Thurisaz/ Thorn/Thunor, 7/29-8/12 – Northern Tradition honors the god known to the Anglo-Saxons as Thunor and to the Norse as Thor. The time of Thorn is one of ascendant powers and orderliness. This day also honors the sainted Norwegian king, Olaf, slain around Lammas Day. Its traditional calendar symbol is an axe.

NIGHT SKY MAP FOR AUGUST 2021: THE MILKY WAY – https://www.almanac.com/night-sky-map-august-perseid-meteors-milky-way

Goddess Month of Kerea runs from 7/11 – 8/8
Goddess Month of Hesperus runs from 8/9 – 9/5
Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4
Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL),
Pluto (10/6), Saturn (10/10), Jupiter (10/18), Neptune (12/1) Chiron (12/19) Retrograde
Color – White
Harvest 8/2-4

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Celtic Tree Month of Tinne/Holly, Jul 8 – Aug 4, Tinne (CHIN-yuh), holly – The holly (Ilex aquifolium L.) is a shrub growing to 10 m (35 feet) in open woodlands and along clearings in forests. Hollies are evergreen, and stand out in winter among the bare branches of the deciduous forest trees that surround them. Hollies form red berries before Samhain which last until the birds finish eating them, often after Imbolc. The typical “holly leaf” is found on smaller plants, but toward the tops of taller plants the leaves have fewer spiny teeth. Hollies are members of the Holly family (Aquifoliaceae). The common holly is often cultivated in North America, as are hybrids between it and Asiatic holly species.

Holm Oak

Graves (1966) and others are of the opinion that the original tinne was not the holly, but rather the holm oak, or holly oak (Quercus ilex L.). This is an evergreen oak of southern Europe that grows as a shrub, or as a tree to 25 m (80 feet). Like the holly, the holm oak has spiny-edged leaves on young growth. It does not have red berries, but it does have red leaf “galls” caused by the kermes scale insect; these are the source of natural scarlet dye. Holm oaks are occasionally cultivated in North America.

Tinne – Holly Ogam letter correspondences
Month: June
Color: Dark Grey
Class: Peasant
Letter: T
Meaning: Energy and guidance for problems to come

to study this month – Ioho – Yew Ogam letter correspondences
Month: None
Color: Dark Green
Class: Chieftain
Letter: I, J, Y
Meaning: Complete change in life-direction or attitude.

from Wikimedia commons

Celtic Tree Month of Coll/Hazel, Aug 5 – Sep 1, Coll (CULL), hazel – The hazel (Corylus avellana L) is the source of hazelnuts. It forms a shrub up to 6 m (20 feet) tall, inhabiting open woodlands and scrubs, hedgerows, and the edges of forests. The filbert nut in North American groceries is Corylus maxima, a related species. The European hazelnut is cultivated in North America, primarily as an ornamental. Hazelnuts are in the Birch family (Betulaceae).

Coll – Hazel Ogam letter correspondences
Month: July
Color: Brown
Class: Chieftain
Letter: C, K
Meaning: Creative energies for work or projects.


Tides for Alsea Bay

Day        High      Tide  Height   Sunrise    Moon  Time      % Moon
~            /Low      Time     Feet   Sunset                                  Visible
Tu    3      Low   4:04 AM     0.7   6:06 AM    Rise  1:33 AM      29
~     3     High  10:40 AM     4.8   8:38 PM     Set  5:21 PM
~     3      Low   3:27 PM      3.4
~     3     High   9:28 PM      6.9


Affirmation/Thought for the Day – It is what it is.


Journal Prompt – Auto-Biographical narrative – Tell the story of a young person or adult who has made a difference by helping others. Characterize the person and describe how he or she has helped other people.



~   Christians are to be taught that the pope would and should wish to give of his own money, even though he had to sell the basilica of St. Peter, to many of those from whom certain hawkers of indulgences cajole money. – Martin Luther (1483-1546) German leader of the Protestant Reformation
~   The inside-out approach holds that if you want to have a happy marriage, be the kind of person who generates positive energy and sidesteps negative energy rather than empowering it. If you want to have a more pleasant, cooperative teenager, be a more understanding, empathic, consistent, loving parent. If you want to have more freedom, more latitude in your job, be a more responsible, a more helpful, a more contributing employee. If you want the secondary greatness of recognized talent, focus first on the primary greatness of character. – Principles of Growth and Change
~   I do not ask the wounded person how he feels – I myself become the wounded person. – Walt Whitman
~   The world as we know it is falling apart at the seams, because it’s an inadequate container for the truth of who we are. – Marianne Williamson

Cornfields bow the head,
Sheltered in round valley depths,
On low hills outspread.
Early leaves drop loitering down
Weightless on the breeze,
First fruits of the year’s decay
From the withering trees. – Christina Georgina Rossetti (1830–94)


Magick – Green Witch Aesthetic


Silliness – Ice

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